June 4th, 2007
08:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: Faith helped her through marriage infidelity

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In response to a question about how she managed the infidelity in her marriage, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said “I’m not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith.” The White House hopeful answered the question as part of Monday’s Faith and Politics forum at George Washington University moderated by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

“I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right,” Clinton said. “Regardless of what the world thought. And that’s all one can expect or hope for.”

Sen. Clinton also told the forum audience that she takes her faith seriously and personally, and comes, “from a tradition that is perhaps a little too suspicious of people who wear their faith on their sleeves.”

- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai

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  1. Jeff Reiser

    There is absolutely nothing in our founding documents that describes the separation of church and state as it is being proposed these days (with the church as the villain). Take the time to research this yourself. This idea was concocted by the ACLU to intimidate those who believe in the christian God (interestingly, they don't harrass any other religion. Why do you think so many wrongly believe that they can't read their bible, say "Merry Christmas" or mention God at school or work when that's part of their right to freedom of expression. You don't check your freedoms at the door when you enter a school or place of work. This country was founded on the principles of freedom of expression and religious belief. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. For more info, contact The American Center for Law & Justice (a group of brilliant attorneys) or go to ACLJ.org.

    June 5, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Tom W, Dedham, Mass

    You Billary apologists make this out to be that she forgave hubby for one lone indiscretion, it was many and these are just the ones we know of.

    When Bush tears up when talking about a fallen soldier or 9-11 it shows compassion, he may be a dim bulb, but he is compassionate and not fake one bit.

    Years ago it was fine when we did the pledge in school, sang Chrismas songs with actual Christmas trees and said god bless you when someone sneezed, but since the politically correct minority along with the all too helpful bleeding heart liberal media have made "God" a bad thing and the country is lesser for it.

    And for you tree hugging lefties I am not a bible thumper, just someone who believes that the world was better until you decided "God" was a bad word.

    I am a huge Romney supporter and I am sick of his Mormonism being brought up, imagine if someone asked a jew how his faith governed their decisions?

    Hillary can morph into whatever she wants, way too many people will not vote for her EVER for her to win, but that would be a "vast right wing conspiracy", remember that lie?

    June 5, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Ryan, Oak Hill WV

    I am ashamed at some of you who are attacking a person's faith while also calling yourself christians. You may disagree a person but that is NO reason to hate.

    Hillary is very private which is hard when you are a public figure. If any of you doubt that her faith isn't important you may like to know that she almost became a Methodist minister. She was raised in a very religious household and still holds those lessons close to her heart. I doubt many of you watched the Faith Forum but if you would have you could have gotten past some of you preconcieved ideas that were spoon fed to you by people who hate yet call themselves christians.

    June 5, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Karen, Asheville, NC

    I think it is shabby and intrusive for any interviewer to ask a candidate to reveal their largest sin. I am a secular humanist, but I believe that there are some areas that are private and some that are public, and questions such as these intrude into the private area. It makes me understand why so many people nowadays are upset about the excesses of the media. Good judgement on the part of the media seems to be totally lacking.

    June 5, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Matt, Wheaton, IL

    Yes Warren, you are wrong. Nowhere in the Constitution does it specifically state that there is no "religious test." The Constitution just says that government will avoid unnecessary entanglements, and will refrain from hindering the free exercise of religion.

    As for CNN, you can tell somebody at CNN.com listens to El Rushbo. The headling for this stupid article says, "Sen. Clinton: God got me through marital strife." Only trouble is, as was pointed out by America's Anchorman, Clinton never said "God." All she said was "faith." Faith in what? With her, it could be anything.

    June 5, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I honestly don't care what Hillary's faith is and I don't think anyone else should either. Religion should not be a deciding factor in our presidency (as our constitution states "seperation of church and state"). And as for her personal issues in her marriage... who cares... Just because someone has infidelity issues does not affect their ability to work. Bush apparently has not cheated on his wife and look at how much of an amazing job he has done for our country (major sarcasm there). If the American people stopped caring about these petty little things and started caring about the real issues... health care, poverty, etc... we wouldnt be in half the crap that we are currently in...

    June 5, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Tony, Angier N.C.

    I watched Sen. Clinton during her turn at the Faith and Politics on CNN. I couldn't help but notice that the whole time she was talking about her faith, either her eyes were closed or she was looking at the ground. That speaks volumes to me, and it makes me wonder about her "faith".

    June 5, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Female in Wash, DC

    I feel that what ever happen in the Clinton's household is nobody's business and they have a right to privacy. Furthermore, if she chose to stay and support her husband, I still do not think is anybody's business. I am not saying that what President clinton did was right, but at the same time, this is an ongoing pattern at the White House,( go back to history) and he was not the first or the last president that behave in such deviant behavior. I feel that people are too hipocritcal and the ones that have a problem with the Clinton's affairs are the one's that have skeleton in their closet. So America, mind your business and leave Hilary and her husband alone. There are more issues that are of greatest importance to talk about such as the WAR IN IRAQ and the innocent lives of women and children that are taken away for oil and water that you guys should be worrying about, and not President Clinton, who in my opinion was set up because of his popularity. Hilary, keep you head up high and we all love both you and our president – Sweet and sexy Bill

    July 1, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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